Hon Gladys Boss Sholei, the Uasin Gishu Women's Representative, Lawyer Steve Ogolla, and Hon Beatrice Elachi, the Chief Administrative Officer and former Nairobi County Speaker, were interviewed on Citizen TV's morning show and shared their perspectives on the issue of the President's term. The three leaders have dismissed President Uhuru's hopes for a term extension, calling it an impossibility.
Members of both houses of Parliament are sharply divided on the issue, with those loyal to the President and the ODM leader insisting on a referendum before the 2022 elections, even if it means pushing the general elections forward.
MPs aligned with the deputy President's Tangatanga wing, on the other hand, have insisted that the referendum can wait and that Uhuru should step down at the end of his term in 2022.
In an interview with Citizen TV this morning, Uasin Gishu women's representative stated unequivocally that the constitution states unequivocally that the president has only two terms granted by the people, which cannot be extended.
Gladys Boss– Woman Representative, Uasin Gishu: The extension of a president's term is not permitted under our constitution. Kenyans made it clear when they passed the constitution that they only want a president for two terms.
Lawyers Steve Ogola and Beatrice Elachi have expressed similar sentiments, arguing that extending a president's term is illegal and will set a bad precedent for the country.
Steve Ogolla, High Court Advocate: Our political elite have the ability to extend the life of this parliament, and parliament has the ability to easily validate it if it is politically convenient for them. However, it is not legal to extend the president's term.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you believe the current leadership can use the backdoor to extend their terms in office?
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